Hushtones are a retro Alt-Pop band from Liverpool, now an influential presence in the North-West music scene. The band has humble beginnings in a small restaurant on Bold Street, where lead vocalists Martha Goddard and Mick Campbell crossed paths - the rest, as they say, is history. Their impressive discography is a patchwork of musical influences and genres which slips from Psych Pop to Blues, a diverse musical body swaying amongst the crowd. The band draws inspiration from both old and new: The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Sunflower Bean and Kate Bush, to name a few.
Their most recent single ‘Deja Vu’ was released last month. In it, drums, guitar and vocals melt together, suspending time. The lilting ripple of male and female voices harmonise perfectly, floating you into musical bliss on a wave of instrumentals. A descending melody seamlessly segways into a chorus that is at once relaxing and energising. This song comes with a compulsion to dance.
There is a beautiful interlude where the guitars take centre stage, conjuring up an otherworldly dimension between their vibrating strings. Then, the vocals return for a final ethereal chorus. As the song ends you’re suddenly aware that 153 delicious seconds have ticked by, and you barely register as you hit replay. Nostalgic, tranquil and smooth, soon you’ll have played this single so many times that it really will begin to feel like ‘Deja Vu’.